On the heels of January’s buzzworthy Audiotree session, today Detroit-based grunge-pop artist Zilched (Chloë Drallos) shared her blistering, self-directed video for “The Knife”. Taken from last year’s momentous debut album DOOMPOP, the song tackles what it means to genuinely care for someone and the casual, yet brutal, heartbreaks that follow. Drallos explains: “‘The Knife’ is love/hate. I wanted the video, with dancing improvised by Morgan McCaul, to visualize an inner monologue, where those different emotional powers start to take over and ultimately lead to release of that power.” The video is another display of Drallos’ prolific DIY approach, following previous self-directed videos for DOOMPOP’s searing “Velcro Dog” and mosh-ready “Sixteen.”
Inspired by the albums that helped Drallos navigate her teen years like Nirvana’s Nevermind or The Jesus and Mary Chain’s Psychocandy, DOOMPOP is full of headbanging earworms that tackle the challenges of growing up and the universal effects that has on one’s mental health. Drallos explains, “It’s an honest reflection of my attempts to grow up and make sense of absurdity. I wrote the first song in my last month of highschool at 18 and finished recording/producing just a month after my 20th birthday. With these songs I wanted to go as deep into my insecurities and confusion, however immature I felt. Just write what I felt when I felt it in order to move on.”
Drallos has been making music as Zilched since the summer of 2017. Her debut EP Pulling Teeth was released in 2018 and provided the first glimpse of Zilched’s dizzying, wildly unpredictable noise-pop. In the buildup to DOOMPOP’s fall 2020 release, Zilched released “Sleeper” following “The Morning” and “Blue Doom” in 2019. Alongside Drallos, collaborator Nick Russo provides a droning percussive force—and when the correct pieces are in place, Zilched embodies the notorious ethos of its hometown, Detroit: anxious poetics and a dark, underlying force that leads us into the unknown.